Since Roe vs. wade there has been 54 million abortions done in all. Abortion is definitely an issue that is being tossed back and forth. Perhaps, right now you are struggling with the decision of whether or not to have an abortion. You might to be worried that you aren’t going to be able to provide for this child, or you might be worried that this child may not have a good future. There is also the possibility that you just don’t want this baby or that you don’t feel ready for parenthood. If you are a Christian, you might be asking yourself is it wrong to have an abortion, after all the baby probably won’t feel anything, and an abortion might fix all my problems, or you might be saying to yourself it isn’t really human, and I have a choice because it is my body. But what if the unborn baby is alive? What if it will feel pain? I think the real question that should be asked here is, “Is abortion murder?”
Is the unborn baby a separate human being? Or is the fetus really a part of our bodies? Do we have a choice? One of the definitions of life is: The existence of an individual human being or animal. That means that if the unborn baby is a separate individual then it is alive, but then again if it is just part of a woman’s body then there shouldn’t be a problem in removing it. After all, it would be just like removing your appendix, or your bone marrow. One could say the fetus is attached to the mother; therefore, it is part of the mother. Yet the question would be what has changed after the baby is born. Is not the baby still attached to the mother until the umbilical cord is cut? Or is it still a fetus even after it is born? Also, does a mother usually have two brains, two hearts, four limbs, two noses, four eyes, and four ears? I think not. An unborn baby is a new and tiny separate individual growing inside the mother’s womb.
The next question would be, “When exactly does the unborn baby become human? Is it only when the baby is completely formed, or is it at the very beginning of conception?” Many will say that it is when the baby begins to breath. In an unborn baby, breathing and facial expressions become evident at 11 weeks. In that case, an unborn baby becomes human at about 12 weeks after conception. Yet, a second definition of life is defined as: the condition that distinguishes animals and plants from inorganic matter, including the capacity for growth, reproduction, function, activity and continual change preceding death, which is very clearly saying that anything that reproduces and grows is very much alive, and when we take a look at the word biology, which is the study of plants, animals, and humans, “bio” means life. A plant does not become alive at a certain stage, nor does it become alive when it is completely formed. It is already alive as a tiny seed. It is the same with unborn babies. They do not become humans only when they are able to breathe for themselves. Not only are they reproducing and growing the whole pregnancy, but movement is already evident at six weeks. Science proves that they are living beings from the very beginning of conception. I love how Dr. Seuss puts it, “A person is a person no matter how small.”
But then some might say that the baby doesn’t really feel anything, and the child would be better off aborted, yet it is found that unborn babies already have pain perception at three weeks. It is also found, that the unborn baby has all of its senses by 13 weeks, which includes hearing, and large sensitivity to touch. The unborn baby not only hears its mother’s voice and can discern its mother’s voice from other voices, but the emotions that a mother feels affects how the baby feels. The baby can also do all sorts of things that prove their humanity. They can hiccup, cry, clap their hands, move to the beat of music, yawn, suck their thumbs, and sleep. Not only are they fully human, but Dr. Paul Ranalli, a neurologist, says that unborn babies at 20 weeks to full term feel more intense pain than an adult would. That unborn babies feel pain is evident in that they fight stay alive when aborted. When in the womb, they writhe in pain from what the doctors do, and try to move away from the danger. The evidence shown through the ultrasound and other technology proves that a baby feels.
A great example that a “fetus” is alive would be Amillia Taylor who was born at just 21 weeks and weighed less than 10 ounces, but she survived and is today a healthy toddler. This girl is only one of many examples of babies who were born prematurely, but lived to grow up. Many times aborted babies are born alive but are either left to die or in some cases killed by the doctors or nurses, when there is the possibility of them being saved. Randy Alcorn, an American protestant author, says, “Compassion for the mother is extremely important, but it is never served through destroying the innocent.” The definition of murder is: The crime of deliberately killing a person. Is abortion murder? The answer is yes. Abortion is the killing of an innocent, helpless baby. Susan B. Anthony, an American social reformer and feminist in the 1900s, says “No matter what the motive; love of ease, or a desire to save from suffering the unborn innocent, the woman is… guilty who commits the deed. It will burden her conscience in life; it will burden her soul in death.” Please, do not do something that you would regret the rest of your life, even if the child is a product of rape. There is always the option of giving the baby up for adoption. If you are a Christian then God will provide all the strength and wisdom you need. You can also trust him with your financial system. God has an amazing plan for this little one inside of you. Before I formed you in the womb I knew you , before you were born I set you apart.-Jeremiah 1:5